Ottawa… A social justice champion in Ontario and a teacher leader from Alberta are this year’s recipients of the Special Recognition Award of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF). The award is presented annually to an individual or individuals for meritorious services to education and/or the teaching profession at the interprovincial, territorial, national or international levels. The CTF is proud to announce this year’s recipients at a special noon-hour ceremony during its Annual General Meeting currently underway in Halifax.
Nathalie Ladouceur-Thomas was nominated by the Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO) for her deep sense of social justice in her teaching and community engagement. After 10 years of teaching in British Columbia where she was active in her union as co-founder of a mentoring program, chair of the social justice committee and instructor with the Roots of Empathy, Nathalie returned to her home province of Ontario to continue teaching and being involved in her community. The mother of five has endeavored to foster pride in the Francophone youth by way of initiating activities promoting the French-language culture and spirit. She is also actively involved with her AEFO local unit and the women’s leadership provincial committee. Her sense of social justice is extended internationally in Haiti where she will volunteer for the fourth consecutive year as a teacher trainer this month.
Fran Galbraith was nominated by The Alberta Teachers’ Association (ATA) for her dedication and work in education which spans nearly 40 years. Fran has served on numerous ATA committees, including the Women in Education committee, the Committee on Teacher Evaluation, the Resolutions Committee, the Finance Committee, the Teacher Education and Certification Committee and the Committee on the Well-Being of Children and Youth. Fran has also served as vice-president on the CTF Executive Committee from 1997 to 2002 and as a CTF trustee in most recent years. Employed by the Edmonton Public School District No. 7 since 1973, Fran is currently the principal of Jackson Heights Elementary School in Edmonton.
An alliance of 15 Member organizations and one Affiliate Member representing nearly 200,000 teachers across the country, the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) is a member of the international body of teachers, Education International (EI).
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Paul Taillefer, CTF President
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